Category Archives: Food

The “Lost” Recipes: The Meals That Never Made it

Today I was going through my old camera’s memory disk and found a few gems.  I thought I’d share a couple photos of some of the recipes  that for one reason or another never made it on the blog.

Apparently I’m getting quite forgetful–or, I’m just incredibly lazy–because there were quite a few that I remember tasting really good that I never posted; and now it’s been so long, I can’t find my recipe notes!  Hopefully these recipes will make their appearance (recipe and all!) soon!

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Curd Rice, the perfect Indian side-dish!

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My Fancy Pantry in the Post Bulletin!

Today my blog makes it’s grand debut in the Rochester Post Bulletin.

If you’re visiting My Fancy Pantry for the first time, after reading the paper, Welcome!  I’m happy to have you here!

Please look around.  You can find a list of all recipes on my blog at the top of the page, right under the header (Recipe Index).

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The recipe for Chicken Masala that was included in the article can be found HERE.

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Besan Chillas: Chickpea Flour Pancakes with Veggies & Shrimp (can be made vegan!)

**This recipe can easily be made Vegetarian or Vegan**

I mentioned, a few days ago, about using leftover Indian Spiced Shrimp (recipe HERE) to make my husband a special, savory Indian-inspired breakfast.  Now, if you don’t eat shrimp, are looking for a vegan option, or are hoping to find a gluten-free alternative to pancakes, this recipe is very flexible and will definitely suit your needs–and your taste-buds!

This recipe came about because I was craving carbs.  That’s the simple truth.  I wanted carbs, and I wanted them now.  More specifically, I wanted pancakes.  Big, fluffy pancakes.  But, because I’m trying to eat healthy and watch my waistline (a never ending battle!), I thought I’d replace regular flour with besan flour (flour made from ground chickpeas).

Chickpeas are healthy, right?  I am always so amazed by how many different things you can make with the humble chickpea!  I’ve made everything from Indian spiced hummus, to curries, to pies!  Yes, a pie made out of chickpeas!  A chai-flavored chickpea pie, to be exact.

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recipe not yet posted…sorry! It will be eventually. 🙂

I wanted to increase the protein and fiber in my pancake, so I added chopped left-over shrimp and vegetables.  It was settled, I knew what was for breakfast.  Even better, I had left-over garlic and coriander raita to slather on top!

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Besan Chilla…smothered in garlic and cilantro raita and sprinkled with chopped coriander

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Breadcrumb Cookies…Holiday Edition

I realize Christmas has come and gone, and I also realize (as of today!) King’s Hawaiian has had my recipe for Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies with Macadamia Nuts and Holiday Sprinkles posted on their blog for well over a week now, yet I haven’t blogged about it.  I wanted to share the recipe with you all, dear readers, but was waiting until it was posted on their blog.

How it escaped me that it had been posted, I’ll never know.  But, it’s all good!  I’m going to share now!

King's Hawaiian Breadcrumb Christmas Cookies!

King’s Hawaiian Breadcrumb Christmas Cookies!

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Easy Indian Spiced Shrimp with Garlic and Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

Yogurt, Garlic and Cilantro Dipping Sauce (Raita)

Yogurt, Garlic and Cilantro Dipping Sauce (Raita)

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful time celebrating the New Year!  2012 was a pretty good year for Piyush and I; and I’m so excited to see what 2013 has in store for us!

I’m also stoked (yes, I said “stoked!”) about what’s in store for My Fancy Pantry in 2013!  Thank you all for taking time out of your day to read what I write, cook what I cook, and especially for sharing your thoughts and comments with me.  I appreciate it more than I can even express! Continue reading

Chicken Sausage, Pesto and Gruyere Croissant Rolls…and a Giveaway!

Giveaway is now over!  Sadly, I didn’t get a response from Emily R. before the Jan. 2 deadline, so I have to pick a new winner.  Emily, if you read this…send me a message!  I can’t send you the sausages, but I’d love to send you a little something else! 

New winner:  Congratulations to commenter #3 (picked via, tcarolinep!!!  I’ll be sending you an email! 

It’s no secret that my family loves cinnamon rolls.  Especially my Grandmother’s homemade cinnamon rolls.  Oh man!  They’re soft and doughy, sweet–but not too sweet–they’re everything you could ever want in a cinnamon roll…and more!

Because I work on Christmas this year, I won’t have time to go to Grandma’s and have a taste of her fluffy cinnamon rolls, nor will I have time to whip up a pan of my own.  Instead, I plan on making Piyush a quick and easy recipe using Gold’n Plump Chicken Sausages, pesto, gruyere and pre-packaged croissant roll dough.

Freshly baked Chicken Sausage Rolls

Freshly baked Chicken Sausage Rolls

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“Saucy” Asian Inspired Turkey Meatballs

First, my apologies for not blogging as much as usual.  I recently had a surgery–don’t worry, nothing real serious–and to be completely honest, I just haven’t had much energy.  Instead of cooking and baking, I’ve been laying around watching absolutely too much television.

Too much Lifetime television–with my friend, Megan–to be precise.

Haha… but yeah, that’s the reason for my disappearance.  I start back to work tomorrow, so I’m hoping my life gets back to its normal routine sooner rather than later.

Saucy Asian Turkey Meatballs

Saucy Asian Turkey Meatballs

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